Amaranth Revisited

An excerpt from WSJ story on Amaranth:

How much the investors in Amaranth will lose depends on when they got in. They’ve gotten back about $1.6 billion to date. For one investor that came in in mid-2005, money returned so far comes to 27% of what it put in and about 18% of what its stake was worth at the peak. Investors will receive somewhat more when Amaranth finishes liquidating. Some investors have a keepsake. Amaranth once sent chess sets as year-end gifts, inscribed with a quotation from the late grandmaster Alexander Kotov: “It often happens that a player carries out a deep and complicated calculation, but fails to spot something elementary right at the first move.”

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